Forward Ben Thornton traded to Brandon for draft pick

Larry Brunt

Spokane, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs announced on Friday that forward Ben Thornton has been traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Thank you to Ben for his hard work and dedication as a Chief,” said Chiefs general manager Scott Carter. “We wish him the best with the Wheat Kings.”

Thornton, a 2004-born forward from Chilliwack, B.C., has scored one goal in 11 games with the Chiefs, adding three assists in nine pre-season games. He was originally the Chiefs’ first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2019 WHL Draft.

The Spokane Chiefs are a member of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players. Since 1985 the Chiefs have been a pillar in the Spokane community, offering family-friendly entertainment and a winning tradition which includes: two Memorial Cup Championships in 1991 & 2008, two WHL Championships in 1991 & 2008 and four Western Conference Championships in 1991, 1996, 2000 & 2008. Over 60 alumni have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.

The Chiefs’ 2021-22 regular season will begin on Saturday, October 2 as they host the Tri-City Americans at Spokane Arena. Tickets for Bud Light Opening Night and all regular season games are available online at

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